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Decades-long dream of Canadians’ national anthem comes true for Willingdon Choir

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Willingdon School music teacher Nick Batzios first dreamed of having his students sing the national anthem at a Montreal Canadiens game nearly 10 years ago – and on Tuesday 5 April, his dream finally came true.

Before the Canadiens welcomed the Ottawa Senators, Mr. Batzios and the Willingdon School Choir proudly rose from their seats and sang “O Canada” to a sold-out crowd at the Bell Centre.

“It was a big dream and it started about 10 years ago. I tried, found out what I had to do and worked really hard, Mr. Batzios said. It’s a huge honor and I’m so grateful; we’re truly blessed.

Mr Batzios and his choir first auditioned six months ago and with the hope that they would be chosen, practiced weekly ahead of their big performance in early April.

You can see the performances here: https://vimeo.com/696353775

The Willingdon Choir sing EMSBTV’s ‘O Canada’ (RDS) on Vimeo.

Worldwide TV report: https://vimeo.com/696326240

“A unique experience”: a Montreal elementary school choir singing during a Canadiens game (Global Montreal).mov from EMSBTV on Vimeo.

About the English Montreal School Board

With a population of over 35,000 students in the youth and adult sector, the English-Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English-speaking public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards based on linguistic criteria, the EMSB network has 77 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at www.emsb.qc.ca.